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    bigblue2007's Avatar
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    Default Carrier Versions...

    Do we know if there will be two versions of each iPhone 7 in the US like with the 6s and 6s plus (i.e. iPhone 6s has a1633 and a 1688)?
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    Default Re: Carrier Versions...

    Looking in the Apple Store, there maybe two versions (although I saw four model numbers). Two appear to be missing CDMA bands.
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    That should be the case.
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    I just took a look on their sites and there are indeed 4 models (two each for the 7 and the 7 plus). However, when I compare the LTE bands supported, they're identical. Anyone else seeing the same thing? Wondering why they have different models if that's the case.
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    Default Re: Carrier Versions...

    Each has a CDMA variation and one without CDMA. Presumably the CDMA versions will work on any of the 4 major carriers, while the non-CDMA will only work on ATT / T-Mo carriers.
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    Qualcomm was Apple's exclusive supplier of modems for LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, which explains why the iPhone 6s and previous generations supported both GSM and CDMA networks regardless of carrier. But with Intel entering the mix, choosing which iPhone to purchase is now more meaningful.

    The lack of CDMA support in iPhones with Intel modems may be short lived, fortunately, as Intel acquired CDMA assets from VIA Telecom in 2015. It is believed that this acquisition could pave the way for Intel to release its first LTE modem with both GSM and CDMA support as early as 2017 or 2018.

    Ultimately, the most obvious choice should be to purchase a Verizon or Sprint model, even if you are an AT&T or T-Mobile customer, especially when considering resale value. However, some customers may have difficulty purchasing from another carrier, depending on their current status with their existing carrier.

    Apple should also release an unlocked SIM-free model in the U.S., likely based on the Verizon/Sprint model, in a few weeks based on past launches.
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    So I'm with AT&T. Based on what you quoted, I should get the Verizon model?

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